Seattle City Clerk Initiatives, 1908-1994  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.) City Clerk
Title
Seattle City Clerk Initiatives
Dates
1908-1994 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 cubic feet, (5 boxes)
Collection Number
1802-B8
Summary
Petitions and reports on sufficiency of petition signatures on initiatives brought by the citizens of Seattle. Included is the 1908 Charter Amendment petition for direct legislation by initiative and referendum. An initiative is the citizens' right to initiate legislation or other measures to be voted on by the people. Includes bound and unbound paper records dating from 1908-1994.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Beginning in 1908, Seattle's City Charter has provided its citizens with the initiative petition system, allowing the citizenry a greater voice in city government through "direct legislation." Initiatives are written in the form of City ordinances. Signatures are gathered on the petitions during a 180-day period and then filed the City Clerk's Office. The Clerk transmits the petitions to the King County Office of Elections which checks voter registration lists to validate the signatures. If the petition contains sufficient signatures, it is forwarded to the City Council which in turn places the initiative on the ballot in the next city-wide election. The Council may decide to enact the initiative, making it a city ordinance, thereby eliminating the need for a public vote. Initiatives that are found to have insufficient signatures are placed on file with the City Clerk.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Initiatives records of the office of the City Clerk date from 1908 to 1994. Several of the earliest records are bound together into books. The series contains a large number of petitions signed by citizens of Seattle and reports of the Clerk's office as to the validity and sufficiency of the signatures. Since 1972, the King County Department of Records and Elections (now the Office of Elections) has been responsible for checking signatures. Among the subjects of initiative petitions are: a Central Park, a Museum of Arts and Sciences, Pike Place Market Extension (1913), pets in the city, salaries and hours for the city’s Police and Fire Departments, sale of city water, a new civic center, fluoridation of the city’s water supply, transportation projects, improvements to Woodland Park, preservation of the Pike Place Market (1971), changing Fair Employment Practices, downtown land use guidelines known as the Citizens' Alternative Plan (CAP), prohibiting the harboring of illegal aliens, funding for the Seattle School District, a new sports arena, and others. Prior to 1974, many initiatives were given numbers, but the practice was not uniform nor was a system in place for keeping track of the numbers. In 1974, the City Clerk established a new system for logging initiatives with a number provided for each initiative filed with the Clerk.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Initiatives, Record Series 1802-B8. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

1802-B8:  Initiatives, 1908-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Petition for Direct Legislation by System of Initiative and Referendum by Charter Amendment
1908
1/2
Petition for a Central Park
1909
1/3
Petition for Condemnation of Property for Central Park
1910
1/4
Petition for Bond Issue of $650,000 for a Central Park
1910
2/1
To Regulate Electrical Wires, Appliances, Apparatus in Public Places
1911
2/2
Direct Legislation Petition, Initiative One, For Nine at Large City Council
1910
2/3
Direct Legislation Petition, Initiative Two, Non - Partisan Primaries and City Elections
1910
2/4
Bonds for Museum of Arts and Sciences Site
1911
2/5
Bonds for Museum of Arts and Sciences, Supplemental Petition
1911
2/6
Certification of Insufficient Signatures, Bond for Museum of Arts and Science Site
1911
2/7
Certification of Sufficiency, Bond for Museum of Arts and Sciences
1911
2/8
Certificate of Sufficiency, Pike Place Market Extension and Bonds
1913
2/9
Report on Supplement to Initiatives 13, Eight Hour Law
1914
2/10
Report on Signatures, Jitney / For Hire Vehicles
1920
2/11
Report on Signatures, Jitney / For Hire Vehicles
1920
2/12
Corporation Counsel on Submission of Initiative Bill, Relating to Jitneys
1920
2/13
Report on Signatures, Initiative 35, Syndicalism Petition
1920
2/14
Operation of Street Railway as Charge against General Fund (Public Ownership League)
1921
2/15
Comptroller Check on Initiative Petition to Taxation for Maintenance of Street Railways
1921
2/16
To Regulate Dogs and Cats by Humane Society
1922
2/17
Regulating Keeping of Dogs and Cats in City
1922
2/18
Initiative Petition of King County Humane Society. Comprehensive Report on Signatures
1922
2/19
Comptroller Check on Initiative Petitions 40, 43, 46, 47
1922
2/20
Increase Police and Fire, Civil Service Salaries
1924
2/21
Comptroller Check, Police and Fire Salaries
1924
2/22
Firemen and Policemen's Benevolent Association Letter for Salary Initiatives
1924
2/23
Comptroller Check Initiative Petition C8 98070 City Manager Form of Government
1925
2/24
Initiative Petition, District Council Petition , Charter Amendment
1932
2/25
Initiative Petition, Veterans Preference in Civil Service Commission
1932
2/26
Report on Filing of Initiative Petition, Veterans Preference
1932
2/27
Report on Additional Pets, Initiative Petition, District Council
1932
2/28
Supplemental Report on Recount
1932
2/29
Report on Recount of Names on Initiative Petition, Veterans Preference
1932
2/30
Report on Partial Check of Initiative Petition, Veterans Preference
1932
2/31
Request for Emergency Appropriation to Check Initiative Petition 58
1932
2/32
Initiative Petition, Manager Form of Government
1933
2/33
Petition for Direct Charter Amendment, Police Protection
1935
2/34
Report that Direct Charter Amendment has been filed
1936
2/35
Eight Hour Day for Firemen
1937
2/36
Comptroller, Sufficiency of Signatures - Eight Hour Day for Firemen
1937
2/37
Notice, Initiative Petition Charter Amendment, Sale of Water
1941
2/38
Initiative Petition Charter Amendment, Sale of Water
1941
2/39
Report, Names on Initiative Petition, Sale of Water
1941
2/40
Opinion, Insufficiency of Initiative Petition
1941
2/41
Initiative Petition, Salary Rates in the Police and Fire Departments
1941
2/42
Comptroller Report of Sufficiency of Initiative Petition Signatures, Police and Fire Departments
1941
2/43
Initiative Petition, Salaries, Police and Fire
1943
2/44
Reports of Signatures, Initiative Petition, Salaries Police and Fire
1944
2/45
Supplemental Report, Initiative Petition, Salaries Police and Fire
1944
3/1
Initiative Petition for Direct Charter Amendment, Water Works
1944
3/2
Legal Opinion, Initiative Petition, Water Works
1944
3/3
Forty - Eight Hour Week for Fire Department
1946
3/4
Comptroller, Sufficient Signature, Forty - Eight Hour Week
1946
3/5
Use of Money from Sale of Water
1946
3/6
Correspondence - George Dana Linn, Initiative Petition Sale of Water
1946
3/7
Comptroller Report, Initiative Petition on Use of Water Fund
1946
3/8
Supplemental Report, Initiative Petition on Use of Water Fund
1946
3/9
Regarding Ease of Meat Purchases after Six PM
1956
3/10
Petition for Civic Center Bond Issue
1956
3/11
Report on Civic Center Bond Issue Petition, by City Clerk
1956
3/12
Civic Center Bond Issue, Signature Count on Petition
1956
3/13
Petition, Civic Center Committee: Bond Issue on Ballot
1956
3/14
Report on Civic Center Bond Issue of $ 8.5 Million
1956
3/15
Final Report on Signatures: Civic Center Bond Issue
1956
3/16
Citizens for Fluoridation
1962
3/17
Report, Signature Check of Fluoridation Petition
1962
3/18
Report, Signature Check of Fluoridation Petition
1962
3/19
Petition for Fluoridation of Water Supply
1962
3/20
Water Fluoridation Initiative Petition
1968
3/21
Report on Water Fluoridation Initiative Petition
1968
3/22
Request for Council Resolution Supporting Initiative Thirty-Seven
1970
3/23
Citizens for Preservation of the Pike Place Public Market
1971
3/24
Preservation of Pike Place Market Initiative, Create Pike Place Market Historical District
1971
3/25
Transmittal of Pike Place Market Preservation Initiative
1971
3/26
Protest of Ballot Title for Pike Place Market Initiative
1971
3/27
Anti - Golden Gardens Aquarium
1971
3/28
Anti - Golden Gardens Aquarium
1971
3/29
Electric Powered Transit System
1972
3/30
Report of Signatures, Electric Transit System
1972
3/31
Anti - Fluoridation
1973
3/32
Fluoride Availability (Other than Water System)
1973
3/33
Anti - Billboard
1973
3/34
Report on Signatures, Discontinue Fluoridation
1973
3/35
Marijuana Decriminalization
1973
3/36
Insufficiency of Signatures, Fluoride Availability at No Cost
1973
3/37
Woodland Park Improvements, Initiative One
1974
3/38
Public Right and Access to Arboretum, Initiative Two
1974
3/39
Public Right and Access to Arboretum, Initiative Two
1974
3/40
Woodland Park Improvements, Initiative One
1974
3/41
Sand Point Naval Air Station Multi-Use, Initiative Three
1974
3/42
Report on Sufficientcy of Signatures for Sand Point Naval Air Station Multi-Use, Initiative Three
1974
3/43
Discovery Park / Fort Lawton Golf Course, Initiative Four
1975
4/1
Returnable Containers, Initiative Seven
1975
4/2
Report on Insufficient Signatures, Non - Returnable Containers
1976
4/3
Report on Signatures, Spay and Neuter Clinic
1978
4/4
Officials Resign to Run for Other Office, Initiative Eight
1978
4/5
Age Qualification for Certain Purposes, Initiative Nine
1978
4/6
Raising Ross Dam, Initiative 10
1978
4/7
Sexual Orientation Dropped From Fair Employment Practices Ordinance, Initiative 11
1978
4/8
Changing Fair Employment Practices Ordinance, Initiative 12
1978
4/9
Changing Fair Employment Practices Ordinance, Initiative 13
1978
4/10
Eliminate West Seattle from City Boundaries, Initiative 14
1978
4/11
Regulate Police Use of Firearms, Initiative 15
1978
4/12
Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic, Initiative 16
1978
4/13
Unnatural Practices, Initiative 17
1978
4/14
Report on Signatures, Initiative 15, Use of Firearms by Police
1978
4/15
Report on Signatures, Initiative 13, Change Fair Employment Practices
1978
4/16
Prohibit Lending City Credit for Tourism, Initiative 18
1979
4/17
Prohibit Lending City Credit for Tourism, Initiative 18
1979
4/18
Report on Signatures, Initiative 19, Lending Credit By City
1979
4/19
Report on Insufficiency of Signatures. Initiative Petition 20
1980
4/20
Public Tax Monies Prohibited from Election Campaigns, Initiative 20
1980
4/21
Prohibited Additional Lake Washington Bridges, Initiative 21
1980
4/22
Report on Sufficiency of Signatures. Initiative Petition 21
1980
4/23
Discourage Federal Construction near Magnuson Park, Initiative 22
1980
4/24
Initiative 23, Rent Controls
1980
4/25
Rent Increase Limitation, Initiative 24
1980
4/26
Report on Sufficiency of Signatures. Initiative Petition 24
1980
4/27
Prohibiting Parking Meters, Initiative 25
1981
4/28
Limit Contributions to Ballot Initiatives, Initiative 26
1981
5/1
Jobs with Peace, Initiative 27
1982
5/2
Report on Sufficiency of Signatures, Initiative Petition 27
1982
5/3
Versus War in Central America, Initiative 28
1983
5/4
Pull Tabs in State Licensed Bingo Parlors, Initiative 29
1984
5/5
Prohibit Harboring Illegal Aliens, 30
1986
5/6
Taxicab Commission
1987
5/7
Downtown Land Use, Initiative 31
1988
5/8
Anti-New Sports Arena
1988
5/9
Sale of Pulltabs, Initiative 33
1988
5/10
School District Financing Initiative 34
1989
5/11
Sufficiency of Signatures, Initiative 34
1989
5/12
Domestic Parternships, Initative 35
1990
5/13
Landmark Theatre Support, Initiative 36
1989
5/14
Sufficiency of Signatures, Initiative 35
1990
5/15
Anti-Multi-Purpose Arena, Initative 37
1990
5/16
Anti-Drug Traffice Ordinance, Initiative 38
1991
5/17
Elevated Mass Transit System, Initiative 39
1994

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Initiatives in local government--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Municipal government--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.) City Clerk
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)